Consultation Response: Transforming the Response to the Domestic Abuse Bill (HM Government, 2018) Launched by the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Justice Secretary on 8th March 2018
On 8th March 2018 the UK Government launched a consultation on the measures to be included in the draft 'Domestic Abuse Bill‘ entitled ‘Transforming the response to Domestic Abuse’. Di Turgoose Co-Convenor of the Sexual Violence Domestic Violence (SVDV) Research Network chaired a meeting on 25th April 2018 (under Chatham House Rule) to lead the network in producing a robust response for the consultation which is presented here in summary in this technical report. The reach of the response encompasses the views of those who support both domestic abuse survivors and perpetrators in the East Midlands region, with a number of professionals and academics from a range of sectors. All contributors either attended the event on the 25th April or submitted a response to Di Turgoose as lead to compile a response to the Government in writing from the SVDV Network. Both a legislative and non-legislative package for addressing Domestic Abuse was proposed in the consultation and four key themes represented across both packages addressed in the report are:- 1. Promoting awareness 2. Protecting and supporting victims 3. Pursuing and deterring perpetrators 4. Improving performance of the CJS and deterring perpetrators The specific proposals are explored, with the key Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) for women (it is largely accepted that Domestic Abuse is a genderded phenomenon), VAWG services and the Government.
Citation:Turgoose, D. (2018) Consultation Response: Transforming the Response to the Domestic Abuse Bill (HM Government, 2018) Launched by the Prime Minister, Home Secretary and Justice Secretary on 8th March 2018. Leicester: De Montfort University.
Research Group:Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network (SVDV)